November 8, 2011


Wherever I live, I tend to stake out a sort of sanctuary for myself--a special place I return to again and again whenever I'm searching for... something, be it peace of mind or quiet or maybe just the chance to sit and listen. A place where I can stop talking and texting and tweeting and just be.

Last week, wandering through our neighborhood and purposely getting lost, I found myself standing in the middle of all these trees. I sat in the very middle of the space, out in the open but still enclosed, and immediately felt that this was it--the retreat I'd been hoping to find. Between the trees were glimpses of the city, the ocean, the bay, and above me the sun filtered through a canopy of branches.

Beside me, this tree, this strangely beautiful tree:
It's different than all the others--totally climb-able, as my inner ten year-old couldn't help but notice--and right away it became my favorite tree in the city. I started to imagine who else had appreciated the tree, whether there had been picnics or first kisses or last kisses or maybe a poem written about it. Had anyone carved their initials in its trunk? Anyone painted it? Anyone climbed that branch because seriously it is just totally climb-able...

I lost myself in that stretch of grass, in that pocket of space beneath the trees.
And I have a feeling I'll return. Again and again.

(Photos: My Flickr)


Hannah Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

weird! I seriously just wrote about this last week. For me though, it's my grandma's chair. She left it to me when she died and I love to sit and read in it. Although, now that I think about it...there is a park in Springfield I frequent as well with ducks and giant wheelchairs (don't ask, really weird). So I suppose that's my place too.

Anyway, I love your place. It's perfection. There is something about nature. People were designed to be healed and comforted by it. It was a purposeful design (and an amazing one in my opinion). I wrote in my blog post that it's like a built in "safe place" for people to go, that everyone has access to.

♥Abby said... [Reply to comment]

Gosh, I'd love for that to be my sanctuary too! It's beautiful. I probabaly would've tried to climb the tree as soon as I saw it.
I wish there were pretty places like that in my town. Ours is a dump.


Allie said... [Reply to comment]

That spot looks gorgeous! And what a beautiful day to find it too!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

I love getting lost on purpose!! Life is good that way.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said... [Reply to comment]

I am so with you on this, Laura Marie. I like to have a quiet place to escape to wherever I live.

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Hannah Elizabeth Aw I love that about your grandma's chair :) We're always in sync!